Women's Cross Country, Track & Field

Kayla Smith
Kayla Smith


Portland, Ore.

High School:
Benson HS

Sprints, Jumps

I/O Eligibility:


2012 Women's Track and Field Season in Review

Freshman Ashley Spencer highlights first season as an Illini


Fifty-One Illini Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Big Ten


Spencer Honored for Outstanding Performances at Big Ten's

Eight Illini Earn All-Big Ten Honors


Illini Place Second at Big Tens

School records, facility records and Big Ten meet records fall


Two Score in Steeplechase and Facility Records Broken at Big Tens

Illini qualify 10 for finals on Sunday


2012 Track and Field
Outdoor: Earned second-team All-Big Ten after running the third leg of the second place 4x100m relay squad ... Set a career-best in the 100m at the EIU Big Blue Classic with a time of 11.88 and winning the event ... Notched a personal-best 200m time of 24.00 at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge ... Academic All-Big Ten.

Indoor: Competed in the 60m, 200m, and long jump during the season ... Set a personal-best time of 7.59 in the 60m dash at the Illini Classic, finishing third ... Recorded her season-best in the 200m with 24.22 in the prelims at the Big Ten Championship.

2011 Track and Field
Outdoor: Placed third in the 200m at the Polytan Invitational (24.46)...Helped the 4x100m relay score points for finishing third at the Big Ten Challenge...Member of the 4x200m relay team that had a first and third place finish...Ran in the 4x400m relay that placed third at Polytan Invitational.

Indoor: Placed first in the 200m at Illini Open and Illini Classic ... Participated in the 60m and the 200m at the Big Ten Championships ... Recorded her personal-best in the 60m with 7.62 at Illini Classic ... Recorded her personal-best in the 200m with 24.20 at Tyson Invitational.

2010 Track and Field
Outdoor: Competed at the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x100m relay, which qualified from the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship with an 11th-place finish ... Qualified individually for the NCAA West Prelims in the 100m and 200m ... Scored individually at the Big Ten Championships with a seventh-place finish and as part of the third-place 4x100m relay ... Also competed in the prelims of the 100m at the big Ten Championships ... Took second in the 100m (11.78) and first in the 200m (23.66) at the Illinois Twilight with wind-aided times ... Season-best times came at the Mike Poehlein Invite in the 100m (11.95) and in the first round of the NCAA West Prelims in the 200m (24.08) ... Ran on the 4x100m relay that picked up event titles at the Mike Poehlein Invitational, SeaRay Relays and Illinois Twilight.

Indoor: Timed a season-best of 24.49 in the prelims of the 200m at the Big Ten Championships ... Ran a personal best in the 60m at Carle/Health Alliance (7.70) ... Competed in both the 60m and 200m at four meets ... Also participated in the long jump at a pair of meets.

High School
Five-time Oregon state champion in the 100m, 200m and long jump ... Owns a personal-best time of 11.77 in the 100m and 19-0 ½ in the long jump ... Reset her own state meet record in the 200m with a personal-best 24.01 in 2009.

Daughter of Alicia and Charles Smith ... Born January 3, 1991 ... Has two sisters, Shade Smith and Chenise Hunt, and one brother, Nmandi ... Chose Illinois because she loved the teammates on her visit ... Favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant ... Favorite food is spaghetti ... Majoring in kinesiology.

Smith's Personal Bests
100m: 11.88 - EIU Big Blue Classic (3/31/12)
200m: 24.00 - SEC/Big Ten Challenge (3/23/12)

60m: 7.59 - Illini Classic (1/21/12)
200m: 24.20 - Tyson Invitational (2/12/11)
Long Jump: 18-11 ¾ (5.78m) - Meyo Invitational (2/6/10)

Updated July 2012